The Nation’s Online Editor Sherrylyn Toppin looks at What’s Trending today in Barbados.
Guyanese Miriam Edwards, chairperson of the Caribbean Sex Workers Coalition, has been trying to get Barbadian “sex workers” to join the regional body which will represent their interests and concerns.
According to a report in today’s Saturday Sun, Edwards said a lot of sex workers came from Barbados to Guyana to do their work and she wants them to be part of the regional workshop which will be held in Guyana this October.
Edwards says workers from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Suriname, Grenada, Antigua and the Dominican Republic have already registered. HIV/AIDS and human trafficking are among the topic which will be discussed.
Edwards is a former sex worker who retired 15 years ago.
Online readers have been commenting on the issue.
Lisa Moore: With all these coalitions, they should be made to pay NIS and PAYE.
Margaret Lorde: I guess this falls under the freedom to associate umbrella, but shouldn’t prostitution as a ‘profession’ be discouraged? Apart from the inherent dangers to life and limb which are obvious, ‘sex workers’ aren’t role models or emulated in society. Prostitution ‘is illegal and large gatherings of active ‘sex workers’ lobbying for rights can unhinge society as we know it. Their ‘work’ is often tolerated but acquiescing to ‘rights’ is bordering on condoning and I personally disagree with that.
Carl Harper: Let’s hope that Bajans do not “bury their heads in the sand” to the fact that our women (and men) too are involved in prostitution, and launch an all-out attack on Guyanese Miriam Edwards for being in pursuit of her mission to get Barbadian sex workers to join the Coalition. If we think for one moment that prostitution only occurs on Bush Hill by other Caribbean nationals, we have another think coming. Based on reports, it is also alive and well in homes and apartments throughout Barbados, particularly in the suburbs.
Larsen Parris: Good work Miriam Edwards. I hope the Bajan sex workers are smart enough to join your Coalition to be educated about their rights and the various dangers associated with their profession. Strength in numbers.
Robin Love: What! Shouldn’t she be arguing the opposite and encouraging those who are in it to get out of it?
Joyann Joseph: Are the cries of those begging for the legalisation of prostitution a genuine concern for those sex workers or are they for some self-serving interest?... I find it interesting that whenever a sex worker speaks out they always seem to end their story with “I am looking forward to one day getting out of this business”. Why would anyone want to get out of something that is bringing them “pleasure and enjoyment” not to mention money/wealth. We need to have a genuine concern for the well-being of all people and stop bringing these flimsy self-serving arguments.
Karen Browne: Is prostitution legal in Barbados? If so, then sure let’s saddle up the horse and start a coalition. If not, well then keep the “oldest profession” where it is. That’s my opinion. It’s not “work”. I may be in the minority on this one, and so be it. Good for Amsterdam and their red light district, I hope that arrangement doesn’t become the status quo in Barbados.